The Ohio County Food Pantry (OCFP) has been serving needy, hungry, and struggling families in Ohio County, Kentucky since 2010. Operated entirely by volunteers, OCFP ensures all monetary donations received can be used to benefit the citizens of Ohio County. OCFP offers several different ministry programs including monthly food distribution, Senior Commodity Program, and the Ohio County Back Pack Program.
OCFP has partnered with Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) in working toward ending hunger in Kentucky. KAFB’s seven member food banks serve all 120 Kentucky counties in partnership with a network of over 800 local food pantries and shelters. Open every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. and on the second Saturday of each month from 9-11 a.m., OCFP provides food to needy families once a month free of charge. Currently, the food pantry serves approximately 500 families per month. “We strive to provide a week’s worth of groceries to needy families,” said Becky Baird, food pantry secretary. “This will hopefully free up other funds to pay for other necessities like utilities and housing.”
In addition to monthly grocery distribution, OCFP also offers a back pack ministry that ensure all students in the community have access to food, even over weekends while school is in session. Students in need given a backpack of food at the end of each week to sustain them over the weekend. As the food pantry expands to reach more, the need for donations has become vital in sustaining the programs.
The OCFP volunteers hope to raise $2,500 through RedBasket.org to purchase food and replenish the food pantry. “We strive to be good stewards of all of the resources that are provided to us,” said Becky. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and help the OCFP continue fighting against hunger in the Ohio County community. Share this story today!